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Me: “Jude, did you have any dreams while you were napping?”

Jude: “Yes”

Me: “What about?

Jude: “A kitty cat”

Me: “What color was the cat?”

Jude: “brown”

Me: “Cool. Did the cat have a name?”

Jude: ” Yeah, it’s name was Iron Boulder.”

Me: “Oh, Iron Boulder? Wow.”

Jude: “Yeah, that’s a great name.”

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So many things I wish I could blog about that I can’t, BUT I can ask for some prayers from any readers out. So, feel free to pray for me and my family if you happen to think of us today! Nothing serious, just one of those tough weeks. I am going to be teaching the High school girls Bible study this summer, so I can’t help but think the timing on this little attack is very strategic. Especially in light of my last blog post.  Hope everyone out there is blessed and encouraged this week that we serve a good God who can bring us victory in any trial!

Spiritual Warfare.  Whether we believe it or not I believe that the Bible speaks pretty clearly that our true enemy in this life is a spiritual one. Ephesians 6:11 Says:

“Put on the full armor of God so you can take a stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

If you keep reading you find that the spiritual armor goes on as follows:

Belt – truth

Breastplate- righteousness

Shoes – Gospel of Peace

Shield – Faith (with which we can extinguish flaming arrows)

Helmet – Salvation

Sword – the Spirit which is the Word of God

It also reminds us to pray in the spirit with all kinds of prayers and requests, to be alert and to pray for the Saints.

So having said that, while I was reading in Nehemiah recently I came to a passage that made me think specifically about spiritual warfare.  In Nehemiah 4 we see the Israelites rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem and they come up against some opposition (opposition – can anyone besides me relate?). I am going to write out this next portion because I just think it is SO cool. It really gives a step-by-step look at how they handled this opposition that was coming up against them. (I know it is a little long, but I think it is worth it.  The scripture is in bold).  So, here goes Nehemiah 4:13-23:

v.13 – Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.

1. Know your weak spots and guard them with every weapon you have.  We know from Ephesians that our sword represents the Word of God so it is so important that we learn it and teach it to those who may be weaker to help them learn how to also protect themselves.  While they are learning we help protect them.

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

2. Don’t be afraid! I learned recently that this is the command God gives the most to His people in the Bible.  God CAN and WILL handle the enemy.  We have to trust Him. Remember you are not just fighting for yourselves.  You are fighting for your family and I believe that also includes your church family.

“When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work. From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor.  The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall.  Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.”

3. There is a point (or should be) in our faith when the devil looks up and realizes that we are determined to do what God has set in our hearts to do.  At that point we have to get back to work.  Anytime you feel everything around you is falling apart, get back to work.  Keep working and keep going back to the work God has for you.  If you don’t know what that work is, start with reading the Bible, praying, and making time for Him everyday. Take part in a Bible study, a small group, or serve in your church and/or community and you won’t go very long without having plenty to keep you busy. Don’t give up when the going gets tough – and it will get tough. But what a privilege it is to get to watch God work though those situations and invite us to participate in His victory. He only does this because He loves us so.  That brings me to the next point…

4. Don’t do it alone.  Find accountability and work together with other believers towards a common purpose and plan.  Have people watch your back and watch others backs as well.  Especially those in leadership.  If you’re not in leadership, fear not – God has a job for you so, in the meantime, pray for those who are.  They need it.  Their families need it.  (pastors’ families are quite often in the line of some very fiery arrows.)  And that brings me to my next point…

5. You better be packin’!  Always carry your weapon on you.  Once again that why it is so important to know the Word and have it stored in your heart.  Memorize scripture, read the Bible, PRAY, and walk in righteousness.  Those are our weapons against the enemy.

“But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me. Then I said to the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.  Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there.  Our God will fight for us!”

7. Time and time again God uses a trumpet to call His people together or into action for a common purpose.  Revelation 1:10 says “I heard a voice like the sound of a trumpet.” It goes on to describe that voice as one coming from Jesus Himself.  So now every time I see a trumpet being used in the Bible I can’t help but remember that Jesus’s voice is that warning in our life.  He is the one warning us of danger ahead.  He is not a passive God standing by hoping we will dodge the bullet. He is actively helping us and drawing us out of the enemy’s way with His very voice…I love that!  We have to know what that sounds like and the only way to know it is to spend time learning everything about Him.  But he isn’t just warning us of the coming arrows he is calling us to come together and fight together as His people.  This is just another reason being part of a healthy church is SO important (and remember Jesus is the head of the church and He is leading His people in all our battles).

“So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.  At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and workmen by day.” Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”

8. Don’t ever take your armor off even when you are “going off for water” (nourishment, rest, or even a night out with the girls) and you think you are safe.  Don’t, even for a second, give the enemy an opportunity to get in and ruin all you have worked for.  Wives and women – don’t let that bitterness creep in toward your husband or your in-laws; don’t allow yourselves to be so consumed with what you don’t have that you are never happy with what you do. Ladies of all ages – stop gossiping; I mean seriously, how we are ever going to teach others to trust God when we turn so quickly on each other. Husbands – love your families and lead them spritually; don’t let your eyes lead you astray and ruin what you have worked for. Teenagers – protect your innocence because the world won’t; avoid any situation in which you would be tempted to do something that would destroy your testimony; don’t be alone with someone that will stir up desires you aren’t ready to have; don’t do anything because everyone else is doing it.  God wants more for us all and I am so ready to get over my issues and find that freedom in living in Him.

I see God’s Word coming true around me – the more I grow and seek to know Christ the more intense the battle gets.  I have some really bad days and sometimes it feels my life is just one big spiritual fight.  It is hard, but it is so rewarding.  I have to rely on Jesus. This requires love, obedience, and knowledge of Jesus. That requires discipline. That starts with a fear of the Lord and not what others say or think.  I see growth in myself because I am caring less and less what other people think and more and more what He thinks (this is so big for me).  So I know for a fact God can change you.  He can take those insecurities and turn them around to confidence in Him and it is such a blessing.  I hope someone finds this as helpful as I did and I pray that we will begin to encourage those around us who are walking on that narrow road together.

I while back I wrote a blog post about Christmas and I realized that I am not alone.  There are other parents out there that are trying to find a balance for their families in all this tradition.  Just for an update we did tell Annabel Santa and the Easter bunny were not real.  At first she did not believe us, but about once a week for the following month or so she would bring it up to either me or David.  I think because I was the one who initially told her she wanted to check and see what her daddy would say about it.  Finally, once it sank in and she realized we had in fact told her the truth she started asking me things like, “So, did daddy dress up like a reindeer and eat the carrots?” and “Did daddy dress up like Santa and eat the cookies and milk?” This was followed by uncontrollable laughter at the thought of her daddy pretending to be a reindeer and Santa.  Whew.

So, that brings us to Easter this year. When David suggested we change it up even more my first thought was, “we already got rid of the Easter bunny what more do you want to change?” This was followed by the immediate realization that I am a slave to tradition.  This is not something I want to be a slave to.  I love tradition, but this is my chance to make my own tradition for my family.  And not just tradition for the sake of tradition, but ones that are going to reflect what I want to be the focus and center of our family (I will give you one guess who that is)…you got it, Jesus Christ.

Luckily, I am married to a very wise and patient man and he gave me time to come around and then this is what we decided.

1.  We are no longer doing the Easter baskets and egg hunt on Sunday morning when the kids get up. We are moving these traditions to Saturday morning.  That way Saturday can be a day of eating lots of candy and playing with their gifts and they can get it all out of their system.  Some of the major benefits are that  Sunday morning we are not dragging sugared up kids to church to teach them about something they can’t focus on because they can only think about getting home and getting more candy.  Not to mention Easter Sunday is one of two days in the whole year that we get to go to church as a family.  These two mornings a year mean A LOT to me, so much that they usually involve tears (tears of joy).  I want to make the most of them.

2. This year is the first year we are doing the resurection eggs (I think they sell them at lifeway, we are using the ones David’s parents used when David was young).  These we will hide Saturday night and when the kids find them all we will gather together and hear the story of Jesus together before we go to church.  Annabel is so excited about these eggs.  She loves stories and she is trying to figure out what each of the symbols mean but I keep making her wait so that excitement can build and it can be something fun for that morning.

I am so excited about these changes and I can’t wait to focus this morning on Jesus and what He did for the whole world.  Without His death and resurrection I would be nothing.  He is my identity, my purpose, my testimony, my salvation, my hope and yet day after day I do something sinful that reminds me how much I need Him.  It is the blessing of my life to love and serve Him and I pray that everyone reading will feel the same way.  I love you all and I hope that no matter what you decide to do this Easter that you give your all to the one that loves you so much!

One thing that really gets under my skin is when people take scripture out  of context to make it say what they want (disclaimer: they say the things that get on your nerves most are things you have done yourself, so I know I have probably done this before BUT I am working hard to learn more so I don’t do this). Whether their intentions are good or bad doesn’t matter I want to know TRUTH.  I am coming to realize that unless I can find it in scripture I can’t trust it.  It is hard to filter everything through that, but when it comes to what is really, really true I think we have  to.  The thing I am realizing is that in order to do that I have to know what the Bible says.  That takes discipline.  Discipline is not always easy for me.  I tend to like to watch T.V. too much and somedays I waste a lot of time.  The thing about studying the Bible is when I do it, it is the most amazing part of my day. Then two days later I just don’t want to.  I am trying to break myself of that cycle.  Somedays I will fail, but I don’t want that to stop me anymore from trying because the days I do it will all add up in the end to me growing closer to Jesus Christ.  Proverbs says a few things on it

“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines  those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 2:11,12

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

I don’t really know what God has in store for my life beyond what I am doing now (mom, wife, helper to my husband in his ministry) but I am okay with that.  I know for sure I am in a time where God is teaching me a lot.  I want to take full advantage of it so I don’t lose this precious time I have with Him.  I heard a lady from my church (very Godly woman) give a talk about Joseph and the 7 years of blessing followed by 7 years of drought and how we have times in our life of famine and times of immense overflow.  Spiritually that same can be true.  She suggested that we store up during the overflow so we will have nurishment during the famine. I want to store up these treasures for whatever may come my way (not trying to be morbid, just prepared and victorious in whatever comes my way).  I want to have God’s Word written all over my heart so I never lose sight of Him in any trial.  I pray He helps me do it and I seek God’s grace and mercy in drawing me to Him.  I am so sinnful and it is such a hard battle being waged between my flesh and spirit everyday.  Whew, I am tired just thinking about it!

I say that to say this…I love my church and I love the new sermon series our Pastor is doing (boy did I ever get off track, huh?).  This year our church is taking a look into the book of Romans.  The whole book over the whole year.  I love it! What I love most is that he can’t skip over the difficult passages that he doesn’t want to preach on (well, I guess he could, but he isn’t).  Our pastor has to bring all of it to the church and I can’t help but think that is the way we are meant to see it.  As a whole, not pieces.  I know nothing about preaching so take what I say with a grain of salt, but for me it totally works.  I feel like our church is being challenged to grow and we are learning to really study the Bible.  It may not be an overwhelmingly attractional type of series but it is real and honest and whole.  I challenge anyone reading this that is a member Hillcrest Baptist church to get excited about this oppertunity to challenge ourselves as a church and really grow deeper in love and knowledge of God and His Word.

“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; quard it well, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:13

There is so much going on in my mind right now that I just don’t think I can make a clear concise blog post. So here are some random thoughts

– You know the story about Mary and Martha in the New Testament? Well, I am a Mary…all the way. I sometimes have a hard time focusing on the things I am supposed to be doing and I want to wiggle into David’s conversations. That sometimes can leave me feeling frustrated because I am at home all day and not fully in on ministry world. There are good things about both and I think maybe I am learning that I need to have a balance of both women to fulfill God’s desire for my life. I am still brewing on that one so I don’t know if it makes sense or if anyone else can relate.

-Pray for my Mother-In-Law. She is still struggling with her health and I know she would appreciate as many prayers as she can get. She is struggling with terrible head-aches as a result of some of her health issues. I know she is tired of something always being wrong (it has been over two-years since she found out she has a brain tumor and she has had about 7 surgeries in that time). I thank you for lifting her up!

– Secret Church. Anybody been to it? First Baptist Church here in Pensacola is having secret church with David Platt (via Satellite) on Good Friday. David and I want to go (if we can get childcare) but just wanted to know if anyone had been.

-I started running. Two ladies whose blogs I read are running and it is making me want to get off the couch. So, I have a plan to train for a 5K to start and then hopefully more. Only time will tell. So far I have completed 1 full week of training. Woohoo!

-I am totally being humbled by the Word of God and it is awesome and scary. I am in awe of God and at a place where I feel like I need to ask for mercy for myself everyday. It really is so incredible that such a Holy God loves us.

-Say “Yes” to VBS. Oh yeah, that’s right. I am gearing up for VBS. Why? Well, I am the VBS Director this year. WHAT? I don’t know who gave me that title, but they must be crazy 🙂 While the title may sound important I really am just helping the ladies who really run the show. It is fun though and gives me an oppertunity to serve in ministry leadership which I LOVE.

-I am studying Beth Moore’s Bible study on Revelation right now. Let me just say it is life changing. If you get a chance to do the study I really encourage you to go for it. God is really using it to challenge and change me.

-We are going to Disney World in about three weeks! I can not wait. We haven’t been since Annabel was 7 months old and we LOVE Disney World so in our opinion it has been too long. My mom, grandma and aunt are going with us and helping make this little dream possible for us (so blessed to have such an amazing family)   It will be a great time and a much needed break!

-Last and most random. Anyone ever tried frozen Oreos? Well, you totally should. They are very yummy 🙂

Well, there you have it, random things going through my head these days. Hope everyone has a blessed day!

How awesome would it be if we (the American Church) got this excited about the Word of God. I love this! I know a lot of times I have said that if I had three things to bring to a desert island #1 would be my Bible. But what if the game was played a little different. What if you could only bring the three things you use the most? Would your Bible be one of them? Or even worse what if you were not allowed to have your Bible (exiled for faith or something)? I know it is a weird thought, but recently when thinking about John being exiled I have thought about what that would mean for myself. The only way I could live without the Word is if it was written on my heart. And the only way it can be written on my heart is if I have spent years and years allowing God to pour it into me. This is one of my goals, because honestly you never know what can happen.

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